The annual Longford County Enterprise Board Awards took place last week in the luxurious surrounds of Viewmount House.
Three local companies were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the local economy and for their expertise and advances in this - the new digital era.
Longford Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Connell (IND) paid tribute to Longford County Enterprise Board CEO, Michael Nevin and the “fantastic work” of the agency.
“There are three winners in the Longford County Enterprise Board Awards - Elephant Smart Business; Crossan Cable Company and Purple Decks,” Mayor Connell said, adding that one of the winners would subsequently be chosen to represent the county at national level.
“This highlights all the more, the business potential that is in this county, and we can attract business, there is no doubt about that.”
The Longford County Enterprise Board Awards are one of the local business highlights of the year in the locality.
“This is a great opportunity for to bring the board members and the members of the evaluation committee together, and it also recognises the hard work and dedication that each member puts into the work of the enterprise board,” Michael Nevin explained. “Last year we spoke of our imminent demise, and here we are this year, so I’m not going to talk about that, because in all likelihood we will probably still be here celebrating this event next year.”
The CEO went on to say that the event in hand was primarily about recognising the achievements of the small firms sector - its input in the local economy, and its “ambition to grow and develop”.
“The winners here before us represent three technology based companies, and I think that this is the first time that we have a spread over new technologies, new age projects and digital age projects,” said Mr Nevin.
“They say now that the next generation will be digital savvy because they will grow up with digital technology - a concept that many of us find hard to understand. The three winning companies before us have embraced that digital technology era, and have produced products and services that hopefully will stand the test of time. We have a smart watch here, designed by Brian Egan, Purple Decks and no doubt the day will come whe we will be accessing our computers and other information from out watches - that’s how far we have come.”
Presentations were then made to the winners and Mr Nevin added that it was clear to him that Longford companies were “advanced in cutting edge technology”.
“We have a strong ICT sector in Longford and we are able to attract people, just like those who are behind these great companies here today,” the CEO added.
“We have the infrastructure and the skill base, so we have what is needed to encourage and attract people to come and work in Longford and that is a very positive thing indeed.”